Full spectrum editing
As an editor and coach I help writers no matter where they stand in the creation journey. Starting with a full draft of your manuscript? Maybe you’ve begun and need fresh eyes to evaluate your work. Count on my 35 years of editing and industry work to polish and advance your book.
Many books benefit from development editing, which can include some line editing. Full Spectrum does this combination. Evaluations cover narrative, vocabulary, structure, and voice, with my notes in Word as well as an editorial letter. Development editing improves books in progress. You better understand choices about story flow, deciding what to include and what can be set aside. Development editing is 2 cents a word. I work with unfinished manuscripts, too.
Every writer needs copy editing. I’ve edited books, magazines, publications, and journals. My standard rate for copy editing—including cleanup of grammar and punctuation, revising sentences, and maintaining consistency and style—is 2 cents per word.
The difference: Copy editing is for a finished book that needs its language polished before you offer it to an agent or publisher. Development editing helps you create the best book from the ground up. We develop story structure, plot, characters, and themes. An editorial letter, plus notes in the margins, will refocus your choices.
Try it: I’ll test-edit a 10-page double-spaced sample of your book for free, so you can decide if we’re right for each other. Send me your file to get your sample edit.
Editors and agents want to see your story summarized before deciding to read more. A book blurb is your introduction. A brisk synopsis and a compelling query get your foot in the door and demonstrate that you know your book and its theme. I can develop from the start with you for these sales tools, or edit and revise your existing query and synopsis. If you’re trying to lock down how your query’s Compel paragraph works, we should talk.
Agent research: Using up to date industry databases and published-comparable book titles, I’ll help you track down agents to whom you’ll submit queries, synopses, and manuscript samples.
How it works
We start with a 30-minute introductory meeting via phone, or on Skype, FaceTime, or Google Hangouts. I get to know you and your project. You send me a complete file with your work and we establish a schedule and set goals.
The biggest boost to your success will be your investment in time to revise after you receive your edit. We’ll find practices to keep you creating, too. When you keep working, you are making progress toward completing your book. Finishing School, a workshop service, is a 4-week program to discover your habits and align your efforts to achieve completion.